'Better than I expected' - Promoter elated with 20th Marley Bash
Adrian Frater, News Editor
The 20th Bob Marley Birthday Bash, which was recently staged in Negril, is now history, but promoter Clive 'Cubba' Pringle is still elated, especially about the support from overseas Bob Marley fans.
"While we are appreciative of all the patrons, getting over 600 tourists coming to Jamaica for this event is extremely pleasing," said Pringle. "Marley remains an international icon and we feel a sense of honour to be here preserving his legacy."
In fact, Pringle is so happy with what unfolded that he is already making plans for next year's event, which he plans to make a week-long affair.
"This year, we had a four-day celebration, but if we are able to get the necessary sponsorship support, we will be extending it to seven days next year," said Pringle.
"Negril is a tourist town, so if we can keep the visiting Bob Marley fans in Jamaica for a week, that would be good for Negril and Jamaica."
The 20th Bob Marley Birthday Bash featured four exciting nights of celebrations - three at the MXIII Lawn on One Love Boulevard and the other at Negril Beach Park.
On the first night, patrons were treated to a pulsating session of Nyahbinghi drumming at the MXIII Lawn. MXIII also featured the concert the following night. The concert was highlighted by dazzling performances by veteran singer Coco Tea, House of Leeds singjay Iyahblazze, and Canadian jazz singer Robin Banks.
Dancehall fans got a phenomenal treat on the third night as veteran deejays Brigadier Jerry and Josey Wales took the Negril Beach Park by storm, rolling back the clock with their delightful lyrics in a package dubbed the Original Dancehall Party.
"I was amazed! It was just amazing to see locals and visitors dancing together to original dancehall music," said Pringle in reflecting on the Original Dancehall Party.
The final night, which featured veteran songbirds Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt, was a fitting climax to the celebrations based on their long and illustrious association with reggae legend Bob Marley.
"The performance was excellent and was well received," said Pringle. "They will most definitely be back next year, and we will be seeking to add Rita Marley to create a reunion of the I-Threes."